Beresin's Goal Gives Field Hockey A 2-1 Win In Double Overtime Over URI
Oct. 30, 2004
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Senior Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) scored with 4:03 left in the second overtime to give the University of Massachusetts field hockey team a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Rhode Island this afternoon. The Minutewomen finish the regular season at 4-2 in league play and will host Saint Joseph's in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at Garber Field.
In a very sloppy game due to a steady drizzle on URI's grass field, UMass had all six of the first half shots, but no goals. URI scored the first goal of the game with just 10:17 left in regulation. Kelly Johnson scooped up a loose ball in front of the net and beat UMass senior goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) to give the Rams the 1-0 lead.
UMass put the pressure on and got the equalizer with just 2:23 remaining on the clock. Sophomore Gina Sanders (Morgan Hill, Calif.) had the ball in the center of the circle and found freshman Nicole Phelan (North Andover, Mass.) on the left side. Phelan lifted a shot over URI goalkeeper Jen Perry to tie the game and notch her first career point. Neither team mustered another shot and the game went into overtime.
In the first overtime, there was not one shot on goal by either team, but play opened up in the second overtime. In the opening minutes, URI had a penalty corner and had a shot off it by Katie Litteureux, but Tocco made the save. UMass then put the pressure on and was able to get the game-winner with just 4:03 left. On a penalty corner, sophomore Marije Tigchelaar (The Hague, Netherlands) received the ball and faked a shot. She then slid it across the circle to Beresin on the right side. Beresin wound up and fired a shot that found the back of the cage. It was her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
UMass out-shot Rhode Island, 13-4 for the game and also held the edge in penalty corners 8-6. Tocco made eight saves for the Minutewomen while Jen Perry had 11 for the Rams.
Massachusetts finishes the regular season with an 8-12 overall record and are 4-2 in league play good for second place. The Minutewomen have now won six of their last seven games.
UMass will be the host of the 2004 Atlantic 10 Championship, Nov. 5-6, at Garber Field. The Minutewomen will play Saint Joseph's in the second semifinal game on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Richmond and Temple will meet in the first game of the evening at 5:00 p.m. The championship game will be Saturday, Nov. 6, at 5:00 p.m. For ticket information, please call the UMass Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX. Information on the tournament including links for live stats of all games can be found at www.umassathletics.com.
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